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Newsgathering Takes Flight in Choppy Skies: Legal Obstacles Affecting Journalistic Drone Use
Clay Calvert,* Charles D. Tobin,† & Matthew D. Bunker‡
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26 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 535
Article by Clay Calvert,* Charles D. Tobin,† & Matthew D. Bunker‡

 

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his Article examines legal challenges confronting journalists who use drones to gather images. Initially, it traces the history of drones and the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to regulate them, as well as new state legislation that aims to restrict drones. This Article then illustrates that a wide array of legal remedies already exist for individuals harmed by journalistic drone usage, and it argues that calls for additional, piecemeal state laws to regulate drones are unnecessary and unduly hinder First Amendment interests in newsgathering and the public’s right to know. Furthermore, this Article asserts that the reasonable-expectation-of-privacy jurisprudence developed in aerial Fourth Amendment cases should be brought to bear in drone intrusion cases.

 

 


 

*        Professor & Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. B.A., 1987, Communication, Stanford University; J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1991, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific; Ph.D., 1996, Communication, Stanford University.

 

†        Partner and Chair of National Media Practice Team, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington, D.C. B.S., 1984, Journalism (High Honors), University of Florida; J.D., 1989, University of Florida.

 

‡        Reese Phifer Professor of Journalism, College of Communication and Information Sciences, The University of Alabama. Ph.D., 1993, University of Florida; J.D., 1985, University of Kansas.